Suleiman Sait, a champion of India’s weaker sections

Updated 23 May 2012

Suleiman Sait, a champion of India’s weaker sections

Several prominent figures from the Keralite community in Jeddah paid tribute to the late world-renowned Indian Muslim leader and veteran parliamentarian, Ibrahim Suleiman Sait. They said Sait, as a champion of India’s weaker sections and minorities, especially Muslims, fought selflessly and tirelessly to protect their rights. While highlighting Sait’s unblemished public life and his conviction that to serve people is to worship your God, the speakers called on the younger generation to make him a role model. They described Sait as a true believer and at the same time a staunch advocate of India’s secularist and democratic ideals. They made the remarks while addressing a function organized by the Indian Muslim Cultural Center (IMCC) Jeddah Chapter at Chennai Darbar Restaurant auditorium in Sharafiyyah on the occasion of the seventh death anniversary of Suleiman Sait.
Prominent media figure and editor-in-chief of Gulf Madhymam daily Hamza Abbas delivered the Sait memorial speech. He also released a book titled “Suleiman Sait: Life and philosophy,” written by Prof. A.P Abdul Wahab, general secretary of Indian National League, Kerala state. Prof. Reynold (King Abdulaziz University) received a copy of the book.
Speakers at the function included Prof. Reynold, T.M.A. Rauf, secretary general of the Kerala Muslim Cultural Center, Saudi national committee, V.K.A. Rauf, patron of Navodaya Literary Forum, Sakeer Hussein Edavanna, general secretary of Overseas Indian Cultural Congress Jeddah, Siraj Kollam (Kerala Islamic Group), PP Rahim (New Age India), Kasim Irikkur, Hassan Cheruppa, Dileep Thamarakkulam (Peoples Voice of India), Adv. Muneer, PA Muhammad and
Safarali. IMCC Jeddah President KP Abubakar welcomed the gathering and AP Abdul Ghafour gave a vote of thanks.
Noted singer from Kerala Abdul Rahman Kottakal impressed the audience with melodious songs highlighting the life and contributions of Suleiman Sait, who served the Indian Parliament for a period of 35 years. Sait was a towering Indian leader, who served the community of 160 million Muslims in various capacities. He was president of the Indian Union Muslim League and the Indian National League, and was one among the founders of major Indian Muslim bodies, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Majlise Mushawara, All India Milli Council and Babri Masjid Movement Coordination Committee.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.